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Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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Q. How can chickens help you tell the weeds from the vegetables and flowers?

A. The chickens will carefully pull out any useful plants while leaving the weeds in place.

Q. When is a permanent marker not a permanent marker?

A. When you label all your rose bushes, go away for six weeks, and there are several big rainstorms.

Here's a news source I think most here would like to support:


Non-profit investigative reporting, actually gathering local news rather than reprinting public relations statements!

For example - here's a report from Buffalo, NY:

"City Hall alone would cost up to $180 million to bring up to snuff, the draft report said. Costly work is required for community centers, libraries, museums and other cultural centers, and park, police and fire facilities.

City officials said they have not released the two-year-old report, obtained from sources by Investigative Post, because they believe the cost estimates are high. They are scheduled to meet Friday with consultants in an effort to revise the figures.

Regardless of the final estimates, the work will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The cost of repairs and upgrades is so big because the city has deferred maintenance for years, allocated relatively little money for capital projects and been slow to spend money that’s been earmarked.


Mirror universes: this story is being spread on right wing

sources as an example of how bad ObamaCare is:

The original report in a local newspaper:


as picked up by the Left:


as picked up by the Right:


Jimmy Carter has driven the near-extinction of a species!

Guinea worm is about as close to a real-life Alien event as you can get — a parasitic worm mates inside a person's abdomen, grows up to 3 feet long and then exits (painfully) from a blister.

But the worm's final chapter is near: The world is closer than ever to wiping the parasite off the face of the Earth.

There were only 17 cases of Guinea worm in the first five months of this year, the Carter Center Monday. That's a 75 percent reduction from this time last year, when 68 people reported infections.


Challenge! I've been working in Alte Saxony the last few weeks,

and have sampled several specimens of what I think is a local specialty:

It's a 2"-3" thick cheese cake with poppy seeds and cherries swirled though it or layered between it and a 1/2" base of white cake. Everything is topped with streusel and served with whipped cream. Sometimes the cake base is replaced with a dry cookie (as in lemon bars) but I prefer the cake.

So - I can figure out the cheesecake part, and swirling in cherries and poppy seeds is easy, but how do I bake a cheese cake atop a white cake without burning one or the other? Any thoughts?

(since my German is limited to Bitte while pointing at what I want with a smile, I can't ask for any local advice!)

Middle school hormones, myth or reality?

For years, I have heard abut how difficult it is to maintain order in middle school/junior high because the kids are engulfed in a rush of hormones (and we aren't talking about thyroid hormones here, but full on massive doses of estrogen and testosterone). I don' know how this threat is handled elsewhere, but the local junior high responded by instituting a series of draconian rules and regulations. My personal favorite? Students were allowed access to the rest rooms in the hall only at class breaks - when tardiness to the next class was punished and each classroom had its own, un-synchronized clock. So, if teacher A held her class 2 minutes over and teacher B started class 2 minutes early, it was up to the student to get from point A to point B in a minute or less. Of course - every student had full access to the single toilet off the cafeteria during their 20 minute lunch break. (BTW - if the lunch line was 15 minutes long, too bad for the kids at the end of the line!)

The alternate excuse for making Junior High a hell was "to prepare the kids for high school". In reality, the high school was laid back relative to junior high.

I liked a lot of their teachers, but I hated the junior high when my kids were that age.


The refugee children at our southern border - this generation's MS St. Louis moment?


"President Obama once declared children who illegally enter the United States a “humanitarian crisis,” but officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hope that the United States and Mexico will soon view these kids as refugees. The designation could potentially pressure the two countries to consider granting asylum to many of the 52,000 Central American children who have fled their countries due to criminal violence and grinding poverty. "


Syracuse New York reacts to plans to place immigrant children there:

"A spokesman for Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said the city has not been contacted by federal officials about the housing effort. But Alexander Marion said the city would cooperate.

“We are happy to help children in need if there is something we can do for them,” Marion said. "


We are happy to help children in need if there is something we can do for them

Go Syracuse!

Also -

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei said today he supports a federal plan that could end up sending hundreds of immigrant children to Syracuse for temporary housing while they await deportation.

But his Republican opponent, John Katko, says the growing crisis on the southwest border is the result of President Barack Obama's "failed immigration policy" and that
shipping children to Syracuse is not one of the solutions.

Maffei, D-Syracuse, and Katko made their comments after syracuse.com reported that federal officials are exploring the idea of housing children at vacant convents and related buildings owned by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities at Court Street and Grant Boulevard in Syracuse.

The effort gained an added sense of urgency Tuesday when President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to provide better housing for the children while they are in custody, speed up deportation hearings and improve security along the southwest border.


Will the House Republicans refill the Highway Trust Fund,


or are they so anti-Obama as to be eager to raise the unemployment rate and/or anti-spending that they will forget that there is an election in November?
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